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Bystre Lake overflowing

Photos by Cheryl Clanton

Bystre Lake is overflowing again into pastures down Mondon Hill from Weatherly Rd to WPA. Here are some of the pastures that are being affected. The lake overflows onto both sides of Mondon Hill. The flow goes from the north side of Mondon Hill straight across to the first pasture past Weatherly on the south side then flows east to fill the pastures. When it reaches around WPA it will flow back across to the north side and flow into the pasture just east of WPA.

County moving forward with home repair HUD grant

On Sept. 26, 2017, The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Chairman Wayne Dukes to sign an agreement in association with a federal Housing and Urban Development Grant. The grant is specifically for the repair or demolition of owner occupied single family housing benefitting low to moderate income individuals. One of the conditions of the grant is that any property owner who applies for the grant funding must carry flood insurance if their property is located within a floodplain.

Appeals court dismisses City of Brooksville annexations case

In March 2017, Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Donald Scaglione ruled in favor of the county in their lawsuit against the City of Brooksville regarding 5 property annexations, invalidating the annexations. The City of Brooksville pursued an appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeal, filing in April 2017. The appeals court ultimately dismissed the case on August 25, 2017, maintaining Judge Scaglione’s ruling invalidating the annexations.

Higgenbotham Auctioneers approved to provide realtor and marketing agent services to county

During the regular Aug. 8, 2017, meeting the Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to revise existing ordinances pertaining to the lease or sale of county-owned property, which allows for the county to employ a real estate or other agency in order to sell or lease county property.

County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves

At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time, and to “get this thing moving right now.”

During disasters, beware of criminals

During the recent disaster there were many people in need. There were many good people who set out to help those in need. There were also people who see an opportunity to take advantage.

We had a local reader relate her experience with a handyman that led her to press charges. She was looking for help after the storm and responded to a Facebook post with the picture of a young man holding his daughter.

Perpetrators of recent bank robberies arrested, one killed

Scene of Deputy Involved Shooting following pursuit of bank robbery suspect Michael Chamberlain,  photo by Cheryl Clanton

Bank robberies have been on the rise in Hernando County and surrounding areas lately. On Sept. 20, 2017, the BB&T Bank located at 5331 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill was robbed. Bank employees reported that the suspect was a white male, wearing a dark-colored shirt and a Dallas Cowboys baseball cap, carrying a tan satchel. Just after the robbery, a witness reported seeing an individual matching this description get into a black vehicle that was parked nearby, and flee the area.

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